The Government of Gibraltar is committed to placing the environment at the heart of its work. All government decisions are considered for their environmental impact to ensure that they are compatible with our mission; to achieve a low carbon economy, make Gibraltar as environmentally sustainable as possible, reduce our impact on the planet and improve quality of life for all.
The Hon. John Cortes is the Minister with responsibility for Education, Heritage, Environment, Energy and Climate Change. He is responsible for directing and overseeing the work of the Ministry for Education, Heritage, Environment, Energy and Climate Change. Dr. John Cortes, Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Ecology at Oxford, is a chartered biologist, chartered environmentalist and a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He was awarded the MBE for services to ecology and the environment. Before entering politics in 2011, he had been Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens since 1991. Key issues for the Ministry are: energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation, conservation of our natural environment, air and water quality management, sustainable waste management, recycling and the improvement of Gibraltar’s green areas.
Ministry for Education, Heritage, Environment, Energy and Climate Change
Duke of Kent House,
Tel No: (00350) 20066491
Fax No: (00350) 20066706
The EAMP, which follows on from the Environment Charter, forms the basis of all government environmental policy and will serve to inform and guide decision makers. It will be regularly updated to reflect the government’s continuous commitment to environmental improvement. To view a copy of the EAMP, click here.
The Department of the Environment and Climate Change aims to achieve a high quality environment, providing effective environmental protection, addressing the threat of climate change, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing sustainable waste management practices, promoting energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation as well as ensuring that Gibraltar’s development respects the delicate balance between environment, economy and society. Increased attention to the prevalence and importance of our environment has recently led to a substantial number of environmentally concerned EU directives being implemented, setting targets for the control of pollution, depletion of natural resources, resource management and so on. Gibraltar is committed to the EU policy on the preservation, protection and improvement of the environment. The department advises on EU directives and the creation of systems to manage them. Our aim is to ensure that the environment receives its due respect, with the department fulfilling its duties and obligations to cultivate a cleaner and safer environment for all to enjoy.
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The main duties of this unit are the daily monitoring and supervision of the cleansing and other municipal services provided by contractors to Government throughout Gibraltar. Master Services is contracted by HM Government of Gibraltar to provide most of these services and the unit has to ensure that these are delivered in an efficient manner and to the required high standards as specified in the agreements. The following are the main services monitored by the unit:
- The cleansing of public places, highways, streets, roads and other specific areas
- The removal of accumulations including bulky and other items
- The servicing of refuse containers and bin holding areas
- The servicing of litter bins
- The servicing of parks and playgrounds
- The maintenance of street furniture and re-sanding of roads and pavements in the newly beautified areas within the city centre
- The servicing of public toilets
- The collection of refuse
The unit is also tasked with the monitoring and supervision of Litter Control Areas, concessions / permits for the placing of tables and chairs, unauthorized works etc. Other duties include working in partnership with Government departments, agencies, developers and contractors on matters related to cleansing, refuse collection and other services and facilities provided. The unit also attends to enquiries, complaints, and reports from the general public, traders and other entities on cleansing and other related matters.
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The Superintendent of the Cemetery heads the cemetery. The cemetery staff is comprised of a Keeper of the Cemetery, eight gravediggers and eight maintenance staff.
The North Front Cemetery is the only cemetery still in use for burials in Gibraltar. It was first opened to internments in 1756. North Front Cemetery is also an important military cemetery for members of the Armed Services who died in both World wars.
The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m.
Should you wish to download any of the forms required to carry out a service at the cemetery, please click on the desired form.
Please note that in order to complete the form, some of the data required (e.g. vault numbers) needs to be obtained from the main office at the cemetery. For further information on any issues of the Cemetery, please do not hesitate to contact them on any of details below.